Prunella Scales who played Sybil in Fawlty Towers lent her support for the Fordhall Campaign this week (Monday). She came to Shropshire to perform an evening with Queen Victoria at the New Vic Theatre in Newcastle and kindly offered to speak to the audience after the performance about our fight to save Fordhall. In addition the lucky guests were offered a signed share certificate if they bought their share that evening!!! – we raised £750 through shares and £105 through donations so all in all a successful evening.
Then on Tuesday Prunella visited Fordhall. We took her on a guided walk of the farm and she really seemed to enjoy it. Making the most of the opportunity to raise awareness of the campaign, we invited our local Shropshire TV and Shropshire Star, who all covered the story exceptionally well.
We must pass on an enormous thank you to the New Vic Theatre in Newcastle under Lyme for allowing us to talk to the audience about our campaign, and then to the Borough Arms Hotel who provided a room to Ms. Scales at a very reasonable price to the Fordhall Community Land Initiative – we thank you all
The walk around Fordhall was I think informative and interesting for Prunella. As the one time president of the Campaign to Protect Rural England, she was particularly interested in keeping Fordhall out of developers hands.
“After growing up in the countryside I appreciate the hard work it takes to
run a farm. What you are doing here is so special and really is an asset to the
area. Farms and our English Countryside are some of our countries most treasured assets and should not be sent for development when they can be used for projects with so much value” said Prunella.
We must leave with a big THANK YOU to Prunella Scales for taking time out of her busy timetable to visit Fordhall and for all her valued support whilst she was here. We welcome her to Fordhall as a shareholder and friend and look forward to welcoming her to the farm again soon.
The campaign moves on…….
p.s. Keep your eye out for us in this months issue of Country Living Magazine. Rachel oakden has written a fantastic article that has already had a great response. Please do keep spreading the word.